INSPIRE’s skilled team of scientists and analysts is dedicated to making science understandable by applying innovative technology for effective solutions.


Our scientists are best known as the original developers of Sediment Profile Imaging, and our staff have more experience than anyone in acquiring and interpreting these images. Our team has expanded from this core focus to include expertise in seafloor, water quality, hydrodynamics, and watershed assessment: capabilities that provide support to a full range of coastal and ocean projects. We start by reading the history of the seafloor through a combination of optical and acoustic methods, including an innovative camera that “optically cores” sediments and gives us a worm’s-eye view.  These detailed images are combined with high-resolution acoustic maps to provide an unparalleled view of the seafloor as a basis for site assessment.  Our company was formed to address problems associated with understanding seafloor and water column dynamics, from basic habitat mapping to assessment of both natural and human impacts.


INSPIRE Environmental is a new small business that represents the collective resources of Germano & Associates, Inc. and CoastalVision, LLC. By merging experience and capabilities, and adding key personnel, INSPIRE provides an integrated team of scientists who deliver proven results in developing solutions for marine and environmental assessment for commercial and government clients across a wide range of aquatic environmental issues.


  • Help our clients to clearly define the questions being asked.
  • Get the right tools to answer those questions.
  • Apply innovative data visualization techniques to make the results easily understandable.



Dr. Drew A. CareyChief Executive Officer

Drew is a marine scientist with over 30 years’ experience in marine science, environmental monitoring, and marine policy. He is a recognized expert on assessment of environmental impacts on marine ecosystems and a highly experienced facilitator.

Dr. Joe GermanoPrincipal Scientist

Joe has over 30 years of experience in both domestic and international marine environmental monitoring programs, particularly those dealing with contaminated sediment management. Joe is best known for being the co-developer of sediment profile imaging (SPI) technology.

Jeanine BoyleChief Operations Officer

Jeanine’s experience includes management of large, multi-disciplinary environmental projects with a focus on marine and coastal resources. In addition to project and program management, Jeanine was responsible for business line strategy, internal R&D and resource allocation at a large nonprofit research institute for 12 years before joining INSPIRE.

Dr. S. Kersey SturdivantPrincipal Scientist

Kersey has studied the effects of human disturbance on aquatic ecosystems for over a decade. He obtained his PhD from the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, where he furthered SPI technology with the development of Wormcam. Kersey is an Adj. Assistant Professor at Duke University.

Jill JohnenSenior Data Manager

Jill is a marine scientist with extensive experience in field operations, marine acoustics, marine mammals, project management, data management and mentoring. At INSPIRE, Jill focuses on maintaining and ensuring data integrity. She has a strong quantitative background, including analysis and interpretation of hydrographic data sets. Her experience includes planning and implementing comprehensive quality assurance programs.

Dave BrowningPrincipal Scientist

Dave has 20 years of experience in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of marine environmental and geophysical data, supporting monitoring and engineering studies. Dave is an expert in the use and interpretation of sediment profile imaging (SPI) for mapping dredged material deposits, physical benthic habitats, and physical processes/disturbances.

Marisa GuarinelloSenior Scientist

Marisa is a benthic ecologist with expertise conducting benthic assessments across habitat and disturbance types and in classifying seascapes for benthic assessments & marine spatial planning. She has over 12 years of analytical experience using SPI/PV and has conducted additional research in places as diverse as the Arctic and American Samoa. She earned her MS from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and her BS from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Ellen Bellagamba FucileReporting Manager

Ellen has over 25 years of experience supporting program managers in developing proposals and outreach materials, and producing final data reports. As INSPIRE’s Reporting Manager, Ellen oversees the preparation of all proposals, quality assurance project plans, health and safety documents, field work plans, field survey reports, and data reports.  She provides technical editing and collaborates with project scientists and data managers to ensure that all deliverables meet client expectations and INSPIRE standards for form, and exceed them in terms of quality.

Tina KnipsFinancial Administrator/Controller

Tina has over 10 years of experience in public and private accounting. She holds a B.S.B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of West Florida. Tina manages all accounting and financial reporting at INSPIRE.


Dr. Annie Murphy
Senior Scientist

Annie is an aquatic ecologist who studies the intersection between community diversity and ecosystem function by integrating biogeochemistry and microbial community ecology. She obtained her PhD from the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences and is currently a postdoc at Northeastern University.

Dustin Varnell
Oceanographic Equipment Manager

Dustin is a marine professional with over 15 years of experience. He holds an unlimited U.S. master mariner license and dynamic positioning certificate with the Nautical Institute. He trained at the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies and earned his MS in facilities management from Mass Maritime.

Brian GervelisProject Scientist

Brian is a marine scientist with 14 years of fisheries experience. He’s worked extensively on the design and implementation of fishery-independent surveys and conducted many surveys collaboratively with those in the fishing industry. He has a BS in Marine Biology and an MS in Fisheries Science from the University of Rhode Island.

Steven SaboImage Analyst/Data Visualization

Steven graduated from University of Michigan in 2010. He specializes in the analysis of seafloor images and the integration of benthic data into innovative visuals, including 3D seafloor reconstructions and data dashboards. He is also interested in graphic design for science applications.

Ben TaylorGIS Specialist

Ben earned a BS in Environmental Science and Management and a Graduate Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of Rhode Island. At INSPIRE, he manages geospatial data, creates data visualizations, and aids in survey preparation and report completion.

Zach McKelveyStaff Scientist

Zach is a marine scientist with a background in seafloor assessment. He obtained his MS from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Zach is a SPI survey lead, with extensive experience in image analysis and report generation.

Kevin MartinImage Technician

Kevin graduated from Roger Williams University in 2015 with a BSc. in Environmental Science and a focus on earth systems and oceanography. At INSPIRE, he supports report production, development of internal tools, data visualization, and image analysis. His background includes nature conservation, programming, graphic design, photography, and scientific illustration.

Mitchell KennedyMarine Science Technician

Mitchell is a marine geologist with over two years of experience in geophysical and geotechnical surveying. He obtained his BS in Geologic Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. At INSPIRE, he is a Marine Science Technician on SPI field surveys and supports vessel navigation and GIS mapping.


Dan JacksonMarine Science Technician

Dan earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University. Working in the dredging industry after college, he obtained both field engineering and hydrographic survey experience, focused mainly on multibeam systems. At INSPIRE, he is a Marine Science Technician on SPI field surveys and supports vessel navigation and equipment maintenance.

Kelsey BrownData Analyst

Kelsey earned a BS in Marine Biology and in Applied Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island in 2016. She has over two years of experience in marine environmental planning for marine projects, including developing environmental documentation related to NEPA processes. At INSPIRE, Kelsey supports data quality and management, and report completion.

Kristy GustafsonProject Scientist

Kristy is a fisheries scientist with a BS in Fisheries Conservation from the University of Massachusetts.  She has over 7 years of experience working with fisheries data and engaging with the fishing industry in the Northeastern United States. She has expertise in fisheries communications and outreach, data collection and reporting, and fisheries monitoring. At INSPIRE, she manages relational databases, supports fisheries outreach activities related to offshore wind development, and creates interactive reports for clients.

Rachel SandriGIS Technician

Rachel recently earned her B.A. in Environmental and Global Studies from Salve Regina University. She started at INSPIRE as an intern and now has joined the team full time, aiding in GIS mapping, data archiving, and application of metadata.

TeddyCorporate Ambassador

Teddy enjoys lunch, long walks on the beach, and calculating the statistical probability that the food you are currently eating will fall on the floor. If a co-worker is in need of a break, then Teddy will not hesitate to get them away from their desk by any means possible, including turning off the power supply to their computer. Teddy is a good dog.

ChewbaccaCorporate Ambassador

Chewbacca is the chief greeter, welcoming visitors at INSPIRE Environmental HQ in Newport, RI. He has advanced degrees in sleep management with a specialty in finding sunny spots by the window. Chewie is also a very good boy.